Just over a year after forming, Kent’s Dohny Jep have dropped their debut album, ‘L.U.S.T.’, and with it show that have quite a few tricks up their sleeve.
Paving their own way whilst being in inspired by bands like Don Broco and Lower Than Atlantis, these lads have come blaring into the musical game, but is it a strong performance?
Opening with ‘Time on Reflection’, as 90s garage inspired intro melts into hard rock, you know that you’re in for something special, and with layered vocals and impressive drums any band would be proud of, this heavy sound hits you with a sudden crash. As bassist/vocalist Pete Herbert and guitarist/vocalist Stuart Day ask “What do you wanna do when you grow up?”, you drown in a sea of electric guitar, as you face your own demons from a childhood you’ve definitely already lost.
The title-track really does give you something to pine after. Mixing big, heavy rock sounds with an electronic beat, it’s as if Dohny Jep have taken a Eurovision song and made it actually listenable. Ready to fill any stadium in a heartbeat, the talented play with sound instantly makes you want to dance.
Following with ‘Ambushed’, you feel mobbed as you’re surrounded by a sea of impressive guitar work from Day and Wayne Ambrose. The constant back and forth of the song, switching between mono and stereo sound, make you feel as uneasy as the subject matter. Dealing with mental health in a creative way, they drive with the message that “a problem shared is a problem halved”, as the song screams and simmers like the demons in many of our minds.
‘Normal Reality’ follows the same, heavy bass, blended with stomp-inducing drums by Rowan Tremain. Although the lyrics say “I don’t know if I’ll fit in”, it definitely does on this album; the blend of electronic sounds into the alternative genre shouldn’t work, but Dohny Jep have found the middle ground and worked it into their sweet, rock sound.
Following with ‘Fictions’, it’s a full-fitted banger and angsty anthem you wish you’d have had as a teenager. With an interesting stop-and-start flow that shows the passion for the craft that the Kent lads have, you’ll definitely be channelling your 15-year-old self as you sing along to the lyrics “I’m drowning on dry land.”
If you hadn’t realised the power of Day‘s and Herbert‘s blended vocals before ‘Relevance’, you sure as hell will after. With a mix similar to Blink-182, the impressive guitar, bass, and drums all seem to fade away behind the power of their voices. The duo continue this with ‘Dreamer’, providing a powerful mix of spoken word and singing, proving that they’re not one trick ponies.
Creating an interesting, playful sound, Dohny Jep have made a powerful debut album with ‘L.U.S.T.’. With songs any big artist would be proud of writing, this British band will be showing the world how it’s done very soon.
A 24-year-old freelance writer that never grew out of her emo phase.